I just saw the new Hunger Games movie, Catching Fire. It is now very late at night, and I can't really consciously unpack all my thoughts. So I'm just going to throw this out there: I hope -- I really, really hope -- that the way the people involved in the creation of this film act after the final film has gone out into theaters reflects the way the characters in Catching Fire behave at the very end of the movie.
So, obviously, spoilers.
The way Catching Fire goes down, at the end, is the gamemaker of the 75th annual Hunger Games turns out to be working with the rebellion to use the games to undermine the government and spike up anti-Capitol fervor. So, it's one-or-several industry insiders using an incredibly popular form of entertainment to sneak in subversive, anti-establishment narratives in an effort to deconstruct an extremely problematic status quo.
The Hunger Games marketing team hooked up with, Covergirl, I think? To put out a line of makeup based on all the districts, which is just incredibly fucked up for reasons that are pretty obvious if you read the books and understand the themes, or even if you've just seen the movies. I'm hoping that it's the setup for a planned double-cross. I'm hoping that Suzanne Collins and Jennifer Lawrence and everyone else involved just start doing interviews all over the place unpacking all the parallels between the Hunger Games films and the problematic nature of entertainment in the US.
That is all.